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Abdominal Vascular Prep

Before undergoing certain abdominal vascular exams including vascular ultrasound studies, you will need to follow a special diet. Please review this page and call our office at 704-316-5100 if you have any questions.

STEP 1:  Start this diet at 12:00 noon the day before your appointment.

STEP 2: Please eat from this list for lunch and the evening meal (both meals):

  • You may have 6 ounces of protein (fish, eggs, chicken, beef or pork). Make sure it is grilled or baked, NOT FRIED.
  • You may have clear based soups such as bouillon or chicken soup WITHOUT NOODLES.
  • You may have one serving of bread. One serving is one piece.

At any time during the day you may have:

  • Water.
  • Coffee WITHOUT CREAMER.
  • Tea.
  • Fruit juice.
  • Jell-O without fruit pieces.
  • Plain popsicles. Any color is fine.

DO NOT DRINK any carbonated beverages, including beer and beer products. You may have wine in moderation. DO NOT have any cream, creamers or vegetable juice.

NO OTHER FOODS ARE PERMITTED. Do not eat fried foods, milk products or vegetables. 

STEP 3:  Starting at midnight the night before your exam, you are to have no food or drink by mouth. 

STEP 4: Patients may take medications with a SIP of water. If you need to eat with your medication, please hold your medication until after your exam when you can eat.

STEP 5: NO GUM CHEWING, HARD CANDY OR TOBACCO USE THE MORNING OF THE PROCEDURE.

IF THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT FOLLOWED OR IF THERE IS AN INADEQUATE VISUALIZATION OF VASCULAR STRUCTURES DUE TO OVERLYING BOWEL CONTENTS (STOOL OR GAS), THIS PREP MAY HAVE TO BE REPEATED AND YOUR PROCEDURE RESCHEDULED FOR ANOTHER DAY.

Please feel free to bring a snack and drink with you for after your examination.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY FOOD OR DRINK, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT 704-316-5100 AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP.